A man is in jail on a $1 million dollar bail after being involved in a suspected DWI wreck Sunday that killed a tow truck driver.
The 50-year-old man was driving his box truck on Carolina Beach Road near McQuillan Drive when he drove into the now deceased 55-year-old man who was helping a motorist on the road.
The driver fled the scene, but was stopped nine miles down the road by police.
The man is charged with second-degree murder, driving whilc impaired, felony hit-and-run, habitual driving while impaired and driving while his license was revoked.
The man was unable to reduce his bail after the District Attorney after highlighting the man’s eight DWI convictions, 11 license suspensions, and a previous hit-and-run conviction.
The man’s court date for the accident is November 29.
In 2009, there were 10,839 fatalities from crashes involving a driver with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 or higher. This number accounts for 32% of the total traffic fatalities that year. Every single day drunk drivers are getting behind the wheel and putting other road users at risk. It’s important to always be on the lookout for someone driving erratically and to notify the proper authorities when appropriate. If you or a loved one is involved in a drunk driving accident or a charge of DWI, call the DWI Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.